Stab Armor and Other Personal Protective Equipment, Weapons and Restraints

Stab Armor

The Next Generation Stab-Resistant Body Armor Standard — American Jails, 2015
This article describes current stab and slash threats faced by the nation's corrections officers and NIJ efforts to update Stab Resistance of Personal Body Armor NIJ Standard-0115.00 to better address these threats.

Stab Resistance of Personal Body Armor NIJ Standard-0115.00, 2000 (PDF)
This standard specifies the minimum performance requirements for body armor that is resistant to attack by typical pointed and edged weapons. It describes the test methodology to be used for this assessment. This is the first true United States standard dealing with the threat posed by pointed and edged weapons.

Selection and Application Guide to Personal Body Armor-NIJ Guide 100-01, 2001 (PDF)
This document provides a history of the development of body armor and guidance on how to select and purchase body armor, including determining the level of protection needed, things to think about when selecting armor and ways to keep it in proper working order.

Models Complying with NIJ Standard 0115.00
The list of compliant stab armor products can be found here:

Personal Protective Equipment

U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP): Evaluating the Impact of Protective Equipment Could Help Enhance Officer Safety — Government Accountability Office, 2011 (PDF)
This report examines the equipment that BOP and selected state departments of corrections provide to protect officers and the extent to which BOP has evaluated the effectiveness of this equipment.


A Guidebook for Less-Lethal Devices — NLECTC Weapons and Protective Systems Center of Excellence, 2010
This guide provides a comprehensive view of less-lethal technologies, their evolutionary role in criminal justice and issues to consider when acquiring such devices to meet operational needs.

Conducted Energy Devices: Use in a Custodial Setting — Police Executive Research Forum, National Security Agency and Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2007

This report examines issues pertaining to the use of conducted energy devices in custodial and court situations.


NIJ has published Criminal Justice Restraints NIJ Standard 1001.00. The purpose of this NIJ voluntary standard is to specify minimum requirements for restraints used by criminal justice personnel conducting law enforcement and corrections duties, and methods for assessing that the performance requirements are met.

Joe Russo,
Corrections Technology Coordinator